Relatives of the abducted Chief of Agom Akulu in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Yohana Sidi Kukah, on Wednesday said they were yet to receive a phone call from the alleged kidnappers.
A Community Leader in Ikulu, Yusuf Tanko, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that no one within the family of the traditional ruler or anyone in the community had been contacted by the kidnappers 24 hours after his abduction.
“Usually, kidnappers would contact a family member but we are yet to receive any,” he said.
Mr Tanko claimed that the alleged kidnappers, who numbered about 15, came on footpath and armed.
Another resident, Micha Dauda, said the suspected kidnappers were reported to have walked on footpath after carrying out their act from Ikulu through to Crossing village.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mukhtar Aliyu, however said the command was communicated around 8.45 a.m, adding that frantic effort had been put in place to unravel the abductors.
Felicia Kyomson, Administrator of Zangon Kataf Local Government Council, declined comment over the incident.
Meanwhile, the National President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, Solomon K. Musa, disclosed that the union had reached out to the Kaduna State Police Commissioner and other military formations for intervention, but he was yet to be told of any breakthrough on the matter.
“We are hopeful that the monarch will be released by his captors. We are appealing to all well-meaning Nigerians and appealing to security agencies involved on the matter to assist resolve this saga so as to ensure the safe return of the Ikulu paramount ruler,” the SOKAPU leader said.
The abduction of the HRH Kukah came on the heels of the gruesome murder of the Entuma Numana, Gambo Makama, on December 31, 2017 by fierce gunmen who stormed his home in Ara village in Sanga and also killed his pregnant wife before setting his residence ablaze.
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna has vowed to fish out Makama’s murderers, describing the murder of the monarch as an act of criminality against humanity.
However, not many believe that the Kaduna State Governor can walk his talk as he had in the past vowed to prosecute suspects linked to Southern Kaduna killings without any result.